Kaiser Foundation Factsheets on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Kaiser Foundation Factsheets on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 goes into effect on January 1, adding prescription drug coverage to enable elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in private plans that contract with the program. To help consumers decipher the information, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has produced two fact sheets: the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (2 pages, PDF) and the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan by State, 2006 (2 pages, PDF). The foundation also provides a Medicare Drug Benefit Calculator so consumers can determine their costs under the new plan.